A medically retired police sergeant, Jon Schorsch most recently served as a legal professional for the King County Department of Public Defense. A leader with experience in organizational culture and vision, Jon Schorsch also volunteers as a self-defense instructor for the National Federation of the Blind and supports the United Way.
Founded more than 125 years ago, the United Way has grown to become a leading charitable organization in the United States and worldwide. Working to improve quality of life, the organization consists of local branches in close to 1,800 communities and over 40 countries.
The United Way’s efforts focus primarily on education, finances and economics, and health. For example, the organization operates a support program known as 2-1-1. Available in the United States and Canada, 2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and links callers to local resources. The program, which is available 24 hours a day, is staffed by community resource specialists who can provide information in areas that range from food and homelessness programs to health care services and domestic abuse supports. In 2017, the program triaged more than 14 million calls, texts, and emails.
Jon Schorsch spent more than a decade as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department before retiring and going on to earn his JD at the Seattle University School of Law. In his professional life, Jon Schorsch drew upon extensive experience with employment laws and regulations related to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Formed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA functions as a division of the Department of Labor and is led by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. The primary purpose of OSHA is to create and enforce standards and regulations related to workplace safety in the United States.
In March of 2018, OSHA announced that it would begin enforcing a rule related to workplace exposure to beryllium. The law sets an eight-hour limit for beryllium exposure, with a shorter limit for those working in the construction and shipyard industries. Beryllium is a metal commonly used in the aerospace, medical, and electronics industries. When processed, beryllium dust can be inhaled by workers and cause a variety of illnesses.
OSHA initially announced the rule in January of 2017. The agency stated the delay in enforcement was to allow time for the industry to fully understand the new regulations.
A longtime sergeant for the Port of Seattle Police Department, Jon Schorsch took medical retirement in 2007. After completing his law enforcement career, Jon Schorsch attended Seattle University School of Law to complete his juris doctor.
Located in Seattle, Washington, the Seattle University School of Law stands out for its commitment to teaching a diverse group of lawyers using real-world training from world-class educators. The school also maintains a robust continuing legal education program (CLE) that includes its Summer Practice Academy.
Aiming to be the most comprehensive legal training program in the state of Washington, the Summer Practice Academy offers certificate programs taught by leading legal scholars and practitioners. The 2018 Academy will be the fifth hosted by the school and will include a range of three-day seminars that will qualify for up to 17.25 Law and Legal CLE credits.
One of the highlights of the Academy is the Mastering Legal Writing Certificate Program, which offers tailored legal writing instruction for practicing attorneys. The Academy will also offer a Health Law Certificate and a program focused on mass atrocities and human rights.
To learn more about the Summer Practice Academy, please visit http://law.seattleu.edu/summerpracticeacademy.
The recipient of a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Washington State University, Jon Schorsch is a medically retired police sergeant who spent 14 years with the Port of Seattle Police Department. Jon Schorsch also holds a master's degree in public administration from Seattle University, where he was an officer at large for the MPA Student Association.
The Seattle University women's basketball team saw its season come to an end on March 16 with a lopsided 88-45 loss to the Oregon Ducks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but it was an all-time great season for the Redhawks nonetheless. Even after the loss, Seattle's players remained upbeat and were able to put their accomplishments in perspective. The team had won its first ever WAC tournament championship and subsequently had made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Moreover, it became the first WAC team to have two of its players win consecutive Freshman of the Year honors.
Oregon jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first-round game and held a 48-16 lead by halftime. Alexis Montgomery led Seattle in scoring with 14 points while Kallin Spiller added 10 points. The Redhawks finished the 2017-18 season with a win-loss record of 18-15 and, prior to losing to Oregon, had won five consecutive games.
Medically retired Port of Seattle Police Department sergeant Jon Schorsch has completed a masters degree in public administration and a juris doctor degree at Seattle University. Outside of his educational pursuits, Jon Schorsch is an avid golfer who holds membership in the United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA).
Founded in 1953 to encourage and empower individuals with vision impairments to play golf, the USBGA has been hosting a national championship since 1948 (before it was an established organization). Clint Russell won the California-based tournament that first year. He and Charley Boswell combined to win the first 15 national championships with Boswell winning 13. More recently, the tournament has been played in Oregon, Rhode Island, and Florida, among other states.
The 2018 USBGA National Championship is scheduled to take place from August 25 to 29 at the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tennessee. A $150 entry fee is required to participate in the tournament. The fee covers a four-night stay at La Quinta Inn & Suites, three rounds of golf, complimentary breakfast each day, two lunches, and dinners at both the welcome reception and awards banquet. The three-round tournament is being hosted by the 2017 national champion Chad NeSmith and his coach Andy Church.
Former Port of Seattle Police Department Sergeant Jon Schorsch has more than two decades of experience in public service. Active in a number of civic and nonprofit organizations, Jon Schorsch is a graduate of the Seattle University Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
Seattle University’s MPA program is designed for public service professionals looking to expand their knowledge of public administration as well as advance their careers. The program is committed to social justice and empowering diverse communities. It enhances students' skill sets in areas such as critical thinking, administration, analysis, management, and public policy.
The MPA program is staffed by leading faculty from Seattle University, and classes are conducted quarterly or seasonally. The total number of credits required to graduate is 57, including 33 credits from 11 compulsory courses, 9 credits from 3 government and nonprofit sector courses, and 15 credits from 5 electives.
Admission to the MPA program is based on merit. Applicants should have a demonstrable dedication to public service, at least one year’s work experience, a bachelor’s degree, and a 3.0 GPA. Applications should be sent to the institution’s admissions office and must include official college transcripts, completed application and MPA recommendation forms, a resume, and a letter of intent.
A resident of Bothell, Washington, Jon Schorsch is a former sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department. Dedicated to helping others, Jon Schorsch has been volunteering with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) since 2007.
Founded in 1940, the NFB is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide organization dedicated to helping people who are blind achieve their dreams. The organization provides people who are visually impaired with access to local and nationwide networks, opportunities to work with other people who are blind, and technology to help people who are visually impaired lead active and productive lives. In addition, the NFB offers free access to the world’s largest audio information service for the blind and 30 national scholarships to outstanding students who are blind.
On January 30, 2018, members of the National Federation of the Blind hosted a reception at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The event honored John Olson’s work in developing tactile fine art printing. The exhibit showcased tactile renderings of photos, with audio activated by touch sensors embedded in the prints.
Former police sergeant Jon Schorsch applies his legal and management expertise at the King County Department of Public Defense. A member of the National Federation of the Blind, Jon Schorsch also serves on the board of directors for Sight Connection.
Founded in 1965 as Community Services for the Blind, Sight Connection provides services that help people affected by blindness to live active and independent lives. The organization operates as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and received finding through both public and private sources. Over 85% of Sight Connection’s revenues go directly to Services, which include:
* Training on independent living and traveling safely
* Counseling and educational services
* Support with assistance technology
* A vision aid store and clinic that offers aids ranging from glasses and magnifiers to bioptic telescope systems and canes
Sight Connection maintains a staff of experts who can help find the best solutions for people with vision loss. For additional information on the organization and its services, visit www.sightconnection.org.
Previously a police sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department, Jon Schorsch supervised 20 police officers and managed security operations in the port community. Medically retired, Jon Schorsch sits on the board of directors of Sight Connections, formerly Community Services for the Blind.
More than seven million American seniors suffer from vision loss associated with diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. These diseases are resistant to traditional remedies like glasses, medication, and surgery, leaving patients with blurry or distorted vision. Vision loss not only affects the performance of complex tasks such as driving but also seemingly simple ones such as communicating with others.
Assuming a healthy birth, every individual grows up using face-to-face contact for communication. When vision loss sets in, that contact is lost, making it harder to recognize others, read non-verbal cues, or identify the facial expressions that display emotion.
If you have a loved one who has vision loss, here are a few tips on what you should do to improve communication with this person:
- Sit close by, as visibility often improves with proximity
- Introduce yourself by name. Many people with vision loss take time to associate voices to people, so introducing yourself will be helpful
- Call the person by name, since he or she may not know when being spoken to, especially in a large gathering
John Schorsch is an experienced law enforcement office with recent experience as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from Washington State University. Since 2009, he has volunteered with Safe Call Now.
Based in Kirkland, Washington, Safe Call Now is a nonprofit organization committed to offering guidance to law enforcement officers and public safety professions who suffer from drug addiction, alcoholism, or other serious personal issues. Although the problem is rarely discussed, as many as 25% of all law enforcement officers struggle with a drug or alcohol problem. The stigma associated with these issues inhibits officers from seeking help. Safe Call Now was created to address this issue.
By providing completely confidential services, Safe Call Now allows officers to confront their drug or alcohol problem without fear of personal or professional consequences. The organization’s services include self-assessment tests, crisis intervention, and referrals. Further information is available online at SafeCallNow.org.
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